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Marseille v Spartak Moscow - Hilton eyes opening win

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA

Marseille's Brazilian centre-half Vito Hilton is confident three points against Spartak Moscow will pave the way for progression out of Champions League Group F. The French champions have made a stuttering start to their title defence in Ligue 1 - winning just one of their opening five games - and are hoping the glamour of Europe's premier club competition will spark their season into life. A ...Full Story »

Real Madrid v Ajax - Real target European improvement

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA

The holy grail of winning a record 10th European Cup title begins anew for Real Madrid on Tuesday night when the underachieving Spanish giants welcome Ajax to the Bernabeu in their opening Group G game. Madrid have conquered Europe more times than any other side but their last success came in 2002 and they have barely made a splash in this competition since then. Last season was especially dis...Full Story »

Redknapp playing it safe

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA

Harry Redknapp fears Tottenham will suffer the kind of mauling England endured at the hands of Germany if he goes gung-ho in his side's Champions League Group A opener at Werder Bremen on Tuesday night. Spurs boss Redknapp is ready to play it safe away from home during what is his side's debut season in the competition by fielding a lone striker and a five-man midfield at the Weserstadion. Red...Full Story »

Bursaspor ready for Champions League bow

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA

Bursaspor venture into uncharted waters as they make the first-ever appearance in the Champions League, with Valencia the side looking to spoil the party at the Ataturk stadium. Bursaspor last season clinched their maiden Turkish Super Lig title - the first time in 26 years that a team not based in Istanbul had achieved the feat - and that earned them their chance to compete alongside Europe's ...Full Story »

Jesus aiming to surprise Hapoel

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus is hoping his team can capitalise on Hapoel Tel Aviv's unfamiliarity with Portuguese football when the teams meet in their Champions League Group B opener. The Israeli champions head to the Estadio da Luz having never before faced Portuguese opposition in UEFA competition, and Jesus is keen to make the most of that. "The opponent does not know us so well as the Portug...Full Story »

Solbakken expecting tough test

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA

Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken expects Rubin Kazan will prove difficult opponents as they open their Champions League Group D campaign. Solbakken was impressed by their Russian opponents who defeated then holders Barcelona last season and also earned a draw against Inter Milan who went on to succeed the Spanish club as winners. Rubin will be looking to repeat last season's performances again...Full Story »

Inter ready for defence

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA

Inter Milan begin the defence of their Champions League crown with a visit to Enschede to face FC Twente. Victory over Bayern Munich was Jose Mourinho's parting gift to Inter before heading to Real Madrid, and it will be an Inter side with a very different philosophy that takes the field. Rafael Benitez, a Champions League winner with Liverpool, is yet to convince the Nerazzurri fans after tak...Full Story »

Ferguson wary of Rangers

Posted Monday, September 13, 2010 by PA

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists their Champions League encounter with Rangers at Old Trafford is far from a "mismatch". Ferguson pointed to Barcelona`s surprise Primera Division defeat to promoted Hercules as proof that "football throws us surprises". Hercules caused one of the biggest upsets in recent Primera Division history after claiming a 2-0 win over the two-time reig...Full Story »

Villa: Accident already forgotten

Posted Monday, September 13, 2010 by PA

Wounded Barcelona will look to banish the memories of their shock defeat to Hercules when they begin their Champions League campaign against Panathinaikos. Promoted Hercules caused one of the biggest upsets in recent Primera Division history after claiming a 2-0 win over two-time reigning champions Barca at the Nou Camp on Saturday. That was Barca's first home league defeat since May 2009 - wh...Full Story »

Germans keen to prove quality

Posted Monday, September 13, 2010 by PA

Schalke will be looking to put their domestic woes behind them when they make their return to the Champions League at Lyon. The Royal Blues have started the Bundesliga campaign with three straight defeats and currently prop up the rest of the division. Tuesday's game in France will therefore come as a welcome diversion for the Westphalian club. "After three defeats in the league, the Lyon gam...Full Story »

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